I’d love to share a bit of news with you today!
I have an in-person flower class here in Lisbon that I’ll be teaching as part of an event with Sanda Pagaimo, you can see more details, and sign up over here. In the class, we’ll be making a hand-tied bouquet with some foraged materials as well as locally grown flower stems. It should be fun! Be sure to check out the details of Sanda’s event as there’s a dinner, a pop-up shop, and a Lithuanian egg painting class which I’ve taken before and is truly wonderful!
There are two new sessions of my online flower classes beginning February 20th. More details here:
Flower Arranging 101
Feel free to email me, should you have any questions! Have a lovely day.
Happy Valentine’s Day! I thoroughly enjoyed this article from NPR about today’s holiday. Brilliant thoughts are included for everyone. I always remember how encouraging it was filling out the Valentine’s Day cards at the flower shop. It was such a great reminder of how much love is floating around this world! Here are some posts that might be helpful for you today:
All About Love
A Last-Minute Valentine
How to Buy Valentine’s Day Flowers
How to Make Your Fresh Flowers Last
How to Bring Wilted Flowers Back to Life
A Fragrant Valentine’s Day Bouquet Recipe
Winter Flower Ideas
Have a beautiful day!
If gardens juxtaposed with a city skyline are your thing, don’t miss Ajuda when you come to Lisbon! A walled garden with extensive acreage, an agriculture and engineering school, a grand glass house, and garden-strewn residences of the workers and students, Ajuda is a must-see for any horticulture-lover. Enjoy a visual tour here and I am sure I’ll be sharing more from this special place, very soon! Note: these were taken in January so cabbages, aloe, and “early spring” blossoms abound.
Think beyond roses for Valentine’s Day, and instead create a lush bouquet of lilac, hyacinth, phlox, viburnum, anemone, tulip, ranunculus, and scented geranium for an abundance of fragrance and soft pastels, inspired by Laura Ashley’s Emma perfume. During February, many flower growers begin to have bulbs like tulips, anemones, and hyacinths available from their greenhouses,making a refreshing option for Valentine’s Day bouquet. And remember, Valentine’s Day is for everyone, a wonderful excuse to gift your mother, grandmother, or yourself a beautiful bouquet like this!
What a sad week to be in this world and to be an American. Beauty feels more important than ever to hold on to, in order to ignite hope. I’ve been hanging on to every little bit of light coming my way, and trying to keep it bouncing around me, through gardening, and finding strength in the community that rises during these times.